Abdullah Ibrahim

Autobiography

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Recorded live, this two-LP solo set features pianist Abdullah Ibrahim performing songs from his youth, a Duke Ellington medley, "Take the 'A' Train," "I Surrender Dear," Thelonious Monk's "Coming on the Hudson" and some newer pieces, including one ("Khoisan") that he takes as a flute solo. The music is often taken as spontaneous medleys and, although the song titles are often incorrect, this twofer really does a fine job of summing up Ibrahim's powerful and spiritual music up to 1978. Hopefully, it will be reissued on CD.